4 Dead As Typhoon Megi Leaves Trail Of Damage In Taiwan

September 27, 2016 – Megi, the third typhoon to hit Taiwan in two weeks, killed four people and injured more than a hundred others today, as it brought violent winds and heavy rain that also felled trees and cut power to at least two million homes.

Typhoon Megi made landfall in the city of Hualien, eastern Taiwan at 2pm local time, wrapping the entire island with howling winds and heavy rain. Sweeping across central Taiwan, it packed winds of 185 kilometres per hour, with gusts of 230 kilometres per hour.

In the south, a 40-year-old man died in a car accident in high winds while a 65-year-old man was killed when he was hit by falling scaffolding, and a 17-year-old boy drowned when his boat overturned, authorities said.

A 48-year-old man fell to his death as he was repairing the roof of a house.

At least 167 people were injured, including seven Japanese tourists and a local guide when their bus was bowled over by winds on a highway in central Taiwan, according to the national fire agency.

More than 11,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and nearly 3,000 are in shelters, according to the Central Emergency Operation Centre. More than two million households have lost power and more than 35,000 households are without water.

The eastern and central parts of Taiwan bore the brunt of the typhoon. In the coastal city of Hualien, waves reached four storeys high. Roofs were torn off some buildings and uprooted trees were seen scattered on the streets.

The Central Weather Bureau estimated that rainfall in eastern Taiwan’s mountainous areas could be as high as 1,200 millimetres, putting it at risk of flooding and landslides. Taiwan’s high-speed rail suspended operations for the day, and more than 600 international and domestic flights were cancelled.

In the north, the capital, Taipei City, also felt the impact of the typhoon. The city government suspended all public bus services due to the powerful winds. It also stopped water supplies in Taipei due to high turbidity caused by heavy rains.

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